The Bombers interacted with schools and local football clubs in Victoria on Tuesday as part of their 2022 community camp.
With COVID-19 forcing this year’s camp to go virtual, Community Camp connects players with grassroots communities to recognize the work that schools, clubs, volunteers and participants do in promoting football and of the Auskik.
Andrew McGrath, Sam Draper and Nick Bryan started the day with a live video call to schools to answer questions and discuss a variety of topics including the importance of teamwork and healthy lifestyles.
Following that, Jake Stringer, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Harrison Jones hopped on another call where the students were interested in discussing game day preparation and leadership.
The team also recorded more than 130 personalized messages for participants in Auskick and centers around Victoria.
To recognize the tireless work of community volunteers, players also sent five personalized messages to named volunteers in various roles, including team leaders, coordinators and presidents.
In a first club, two schools from the Tiwi Islands – one of Essendon’s Next Generation Academy areas – have also been included in the camp.